This past November, 66 percent of Albuquerqueans voted in favor of raising the minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50, and from $2.13 to $3.83 for tipped workers.
Despite this being the new law of the land, Albuquerque’s Mayor Richard Berry and members of the city council have refused to enforce it.
At the latest City Council Meeting on Monday June, 24th, Working America member Lorenzo Pino spoke out about the minimum wage increase and why it is the city council’s job to enforce the law.
“The minimum wage that the citizens of Albuquerque voted on has happened. One problem still exists. Have you been made aware of in the past some of the businesses here have not wanted to comply with this ordinance and some of them feel like they have a choice?
We know of some people that still have not received the minimum wage increase that went into effect on January 1, 2013. The county passed similar legislation that has language that would ensure the compliance.
So the question is: what mandate are you willing to take to ensure that they are met herein the city as well.
I have always been led to believe that we live in a democracy and that the majority rules. Well the majority spoke with the only voice they have in government, and it’s their vote. We spoke and you are ignoring our decision.”
Our members will continue to speak out during Working America’s “Got Your Raise Yet?” summer education campaign. Organizers will educate low wage workers on their rights, and continue to pressure the city council and Mayor Berry for the law’s enforcement.